Stock market listings

24 February, 2021

Investors and analysts ‘still learning to price ESG-related incidents’

The world is full of ESG ratings promoting the benefits of a stellar corporate performance on environmental, social and governance factors. But what of the downsides? New research suggests ESG-related...
Cogs and wheels of compliance, rules, policies

23 February, 2021

Bonuses and bias: the risks of variable pay for compliance professionals

For many organisations, recent developments mean an accountable person responsible for compliance needs to be a board director. For some firms this might be the CEO, a legal director or a dedicated co...
Head shape with AI digital circuits

16 February, 2021

Firms need ‘two layers’ of AI governance

Have boards come to terms with the rise of artificial intelligence? It seems not. New research suggests large companies need to have two layers of AI governance if they are no longer to only superv...
ESG strategy icons over green cityscape

16 February, 2021

Why ESG strategy is a complex corporate challenge for boards

ESG: three simple letters that can stand for total confusion unless it is fully understood by the board. It is not about compliance per se, although some boards may choose to view it that way. It is a...
CEO walking towards the exit

10 February, 2021

Forced CEO turnover can damage the reputation of board directors

Parting company with an underperforming chief executive is a good thing, right? The fulfilment of a board’s governance responsibilities, and bound to boost their standing? It seems not. New resea...
CSO with green tie and leaf in his top pocket

9 February, 2021

Norges Bank rejects idea of standards for board sustainability skills

Sustainability is a key issue for boards but should it require specific boardroom skills? Not necessarily, according to one of the world’s biggest investors. Norges Bank, Norway’s sovereign wea...
Trading screen showing share prices

4 February, 2021

Dual-class shares: “Solutions exist to mitigate the governance risk”

A special taskforce is looking at reforms to the UK's listings regime, including the launch of dual-class shares. One academic now argues that there are governance measures available that could offset...
Directors planning strategy

2 February, 2021

Why directors should make compliance a strategic exercise

The challenges for boards of directors have never been so great. The trend is unlikely to be reversed in 2021—quite the contrary. Besides the fact that boards of directors have to handle a continuin...
Norwegian flag

2 February, 2021

Norges Bank divests from companies over tax issues

Norges Bank, one of the world's biggest investment managers, has revealed that is has divested from seven companies over tax issues in the past year. News service
BlackRock offices in San Francisco

27 January, 2021

Annual BlackRock CEO letter focuses on climate and diversity

Companies wait expectantly for the annual CEO letter from Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager.